Lamamra1 Kigali 2016KIGALI- Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra has chaired, Wednesday in Kigali (Rwanda), the meeting of the ministerial Follow-up Committee on the implementation of African Union Agenda 2063.

The Committee's meeting was held in presence of the chairperson of the AU Commission, the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and executive secretary of the NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) Agency.

The meeting follows that held in Windhoek (Namibia) in June and during which the Committee's member states discussed means and ways to strengthen its prerogatives in order to ensure better implementation of the AU priority programmes and actions.

The Committee's meeting in Windhoek allowed defining the prerogatives and the road map of the Select Ministerial Committee for the achievement of the long-term vision, adopted by the African heads of State and Government.

In a statement to the press at the end of Windhoek's meeting, Lamamra explained that the Select Committee, which includes Algeria, "will define the executive programmes to achieve the long-term vision and to adjust the actions and working methods adopted in the governmental development programmes.

Windhoek's meeting also allowed defining the missions of the Select Ministerial Committee, which aims at boosting development programmes in Africa, working to end conflicts and crises, and preserving peace and stability.

The Select Ministerial Committee is an important mechanism for the AU, said Lamamra, adding that the report on Windhoek's meeting will be submitted to the AU Summit in Kigali.

Created in 2013, following the decision of the AU Summit, the Committee is tasked with monitoring the implementation of the different AU political resolutions on the promotion of peace, security, development and unity in Africa, in accordance with the strategic main lines of the AU agenda 2063.

The Committee is made up of five AU member states, one state representing each region.

Algeria has been elected for the second time at the Committee, along with Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Cameroon and Chad.

Lamamra arrived Tuesday in Kigali to represent Algeria at the ministerial preparatory meetings for the 27th ordinary session of AU Summit (10 to 18 July).

APS, 13 July 2016